Roderick Williams

Roderick Williams encompasses a wide repertoire, from baroque to

contemporary music, in the opera house, on the concert platform and

in recital.

He enjoys relationships with all the major UK opera houses. He has

also sung world premieres of operas by, among others, David Sawer,

Sally Beamish, Michael van der Aa, Robert Saxton and Alexander


Roderick Williams has sung concert repertoire with all the BBC

orchestras, and many other ensembles including the Royal Scottish

National Orchestra, the Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta, Royal

Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé, Britten Sinfonia,

Bournemouth Symphony and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Abroad

he has worked with the Berlin Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-

Orchester Berlin, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre

Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris,

Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and Bach Collegium

Japan amongst others. His many festival appearances include the

BBC Proms (including the Last Night in 2014), Edinburgh,

Cheltenham, Bath, Aldeburgh and Melbourne.

Recent and future opera engagements include Oronte in Charpentier’s

Medée, Don Alfonso / Cosi fan Tutte, Pollux / Castor and Pollux and

baritone soloist in the new production of Britten’s War Requiem all for

English National Opera, Toby Kramer in Van der Aa’s Sunken Garden

in the Netherlands , Lyon and London, Van der Aa’s After Life at

Melbourne State Theatre, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly for the

Nederlandse Reisopera, the title roles of Eugene Onegin for

Garsington Opera and Billy Budd for Opera North, and Papageno /

Die Zauberflöte for the Royal Opera House. Recent and future concert

engagements include concerts with the Rias Kammerchor, Seoul

Philharmonic, Gabrieli Consort, London Philharmonic Orchestra, City

of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Music of

the Baroque Chicago, New York Philharmonic, Virginia Arts Festival,

BBC Proms, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic

Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as well as many

recitals and concerts in the UK and worldwide.

He is also an accomplished recital artist who can be heard at venues

and festivals including Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, LSO St Luke’s, the

Perth Concert Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival, London Song Festival,

Concertgebouw, the Musikverein, Vienna and appears regularly on

Radio 3 both as a performer and a presenter. In 2017/18 he will

perform all three Schubert Cycles at the Wigmore Hall.

His numerous recordings include Vaughan Williams, Berkeley and

Britten operas for Chandos and an extensive repertoire of English

song with pianist Iain Burnside for Naxos. Roderick Williams is also a

composer and has had works premiered at the Wigmore and Barbican

Halls, the Purcell Room and live on national radio.

He was Artistic Director of Leeds Lieder in April 2016 and won the

RPS Singerof the Year award in May 2016. He was awarded an OBE

in June 2017.